Disbudding of goat kids

01 Nov 2019

Matthews, J., Dustan, B.

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Background: Disbudding is the most common surgical procedure carried out in goats, but the relatively small number of these animals in the UK means that many veterinary students will leave university without ever having seen a kid disbudded. Goat keepers regularly comment on the poor technique of practitioners when undertaking disbudding, which results in a failure to remove the horn buds completely or even the deaths of kids.

Aim of the article: This article provides veterinary surgeons with the information required for the safe and successful disbudding of kids. It is worth noting that the procedure for the disbudding of goat kids is very different from that for disbudding calves.